At 17, most young people are interested in video games and communicate on Facebook, Twitter or even Snapchat but Kingsville District HS student Ryan Debergh is playing and sharing messages on a bigger screen.
He is one of four local filmmakers whose work was presented at the 2014 Windsor International Film Festival. Debergh’s film was featured Tuesday evening.
“The Second Right off Main Street,” is a five minute documentary that Debergh describes as a story of growing up in a small town and then wanting to get out and on to bigger and better things. It was chosen as part of the festival’s WIFF Locals 2014 contest, adjudicated by the WIFF board.
The film draws on his own experiences of growing up in Kingsville, and he says, the story is something that everyone growing up in a small town can relate to.
His movie making hobby started at age 9, when he was given a Hasbro V-cam. He learned with that instrument and has upgraded regularly with new cameras and editing software.
“Hopefully, people can relate to this story in some way and I especially hope that people from Kingsville can relate to the story,” said Debergh.
Debergh has used his cinematic talents to produce promotional videos for KDHS and he has plans for the school’s Halloween assembly. A potential thriller?
When asked about his future, he’s quite blunt that he wants to go as far away as he can. His immediate future though, will be filled with college and university applications. He named Ryerson and York as two of his top picks. He plans on submitting “The Second Right off Main Street” as his portfolio piece.
“This is the first time one of my films has been on display in public and recognized,” Debergh said.
Dina Salinitri, KDHS principal added her well wishes and that of the KDHS community saying, "Congratulations, Ryan. Kingsville District High School and the rest of the school community is honoured and proud that you are representing all of us at the WIFF."
The full length short documentary can be viewed on YouTube.